Find luxury, history and beauty in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados and the most easterly of the Caribbean Island chain. Many historical buildings grace the bustling capital where you will find a wide variety of vacation homes, including apartments, condos and villa rentals. Exploring Bridgetown's quiet lifestyle is easy on foot, but if you want to check out more of what the island has to offer you will need to rent a car, or a "Moke" as the locals call them. You'll love exploring all that makes Bridgetown a desirable and exciting destination, and you'll love coming home to your vacation rental after a jam-packed day even more.
From your Bridgetown vacation rental you'll want to head down to the city's port, Careenage, a marina bordered by the Barbadian parliament. The calm waters make this a busy port, and nearly all the Caribbean cruise ships make this one of their destination stops. Take a historic tour at the Barbadian parliament and visit the two local history museums. If you need to take care of finances, go to Broad Street where you'll the majority of banks and financial institutions on the island. The city is steeped in colonial history and many of the charming vacation rentals in Bridgetown are of colonial design.
Play a round of golf at The Manchester Golf Club and feel a part of history, as this spectacular club was established in 1868. Drink a cup of the famed Blue Mountain coffee at the club house or indulge in a glass of an aged Jamaican rum, distilled locally. Watch a cricket match during your Kingston vacation rental stay; it’s a national pastime and games can be quite lively. Drive to Port Royal, located just a few minutes outside the city, where you can learn about the history of pirates such as Henry Morgan and Bluebeard.
Bridgetown has great shopping and a wide variety of stores to choose from. Travel to downtown Broad Street and visit Dacostas Mall where you will find stores carrying various items from island crafts to emerald jewelry. Be sure to stop at Flamboya and enjoy the hand-dyed fabrics featuring tropical scenes. A short distance outside of Bridgetown is Luna Jewelers, featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry. Also check out Sunny Shores, where the owner makes custom shoes and leather sandals. Only minutes from the door of your vacation rental, you can enjoy all kinds of shopping, from local, handcrafted knickknacks to the latest in designer fashion.
Those who love to spend their time outdoors will enjoy staying in a vacation rental in Bridgetown, as you are surrounded by countless activities and fun excursion opportunities. Home to several boat wrecks, Carlisle Bay is a five minute walk from Bridgetown and offers some of the best places to scuba dive and snorkel. And you won't want to miss the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites of the Harrison Caves, a stunning natural wonder located only a short drive away from your vacation rental.
Get a taste of local culture by watching a "road tennis" match, a Bajan (Barbadian) innovation and passion which has grown from a rudimentary street game into an island-wide sport, complete with its own official association. Following British tradition, you can watch cricket matches and horse racing at the Garrison Savannah race track, where horses compete for trophies on Sundays and where prized thoroughbreds are stabled at the Barbados Turf Club. While here be sure to visit the excellent and educational Barbados Museum as well. All of these places are located conveniently near your vacation home so you won't miss out on anything Bridgetown has to offer.
With your choice of rental homes, apartments, villas and cottages you can customize your perfect Caribbean vacation and forge memories that will last a lifetime.